“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.”
~~ the Dalai Lama
Back in ’96, ’97 and ’98 I was the director of the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society, aka KaCSFFS. I liked it a lot. KaCSFFS is one of the oldest and longest running science fiction and fantasy literature clubs in the country. It was a very rewarding time in my life.
The last year though I was quite as with it as I was the first two years. I let a few things slump. I realized I needed to make up for it and end with something important.
It was around that time that I began to overhear that a lot of the members of the club didn’t have a place to go for Thanksgiving. Maybe they were rejected by family (people get rejected for a lot of reasons besides being gay!), or they didn’t have family or were single or some other reason.
I suddenly got an idea.
What if the November meeting was a big Thanksgiving dinner/potluck. The club provided the turkey and everyone else—who could—were asked to bring side dishes.
It turned out to be a huge success.
Not in all those deals, I am not as active in KaCSFFS anymore. Life happens. And with working 12-shifts on Saturday, I was just too tired to go to the meetings.
But hey! I’m not working Saturdays anymore!
So tonight I went. And it was great to see so many old friends—and to make some new ones tonight!
And it was the Thanksgiving meeting! KaCSFFS is still doing the big feast all these years later. That means I left a wonderful little legacy.
And now I am stuffed. We ate and ate and ate.
So now I am tired and satiated and satisfied in many ways and I am going to go to bed way early—at least for me.
I think I will have a nice night’s sleep.
What a way to start my work!
I am a lot to be grateful for.